With the kids going back to school you might be considering getting them their first mobile phone, or maybe you've got a teenager nagging you for the latest cool handset. Luckily there's a range of wallet-friendly smartphones that'll keep you happy and the kids cool. Here's Carphone Warehouse's guide to the best of these super value smartphones.
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a smartphone that punches well above its price bracket. With a blisteringly fast 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM and high end graphics processor, the Lumia 820 is capable of running even the most intensive apps and games. Couple that with the big and bright 4.3" screen and you get a smooth, clear experience, whether you're playing a game or watching a video.
There's also a great 8MP camera on the back that has a Carl Zeiss lens for clearer photos and dual LED flash for perfect lighting. The camera's Smart Shoot feature lets you take multiple photos with a single click so you can edit shots effortlessly to make the perfect picture. And you can shoot full HD video too.
The Lumia 820 is also a 4G phone, so if you get a 4G tariff you'll be able to surf the net up to 5 times faster than if you were on a 3G network. That means you can stream videos from YouTube more smoothly, update Facebook more quickly and check you friends' Instagram photos more easily.
A laser-sculpted body and bright 4.3" display make the LG L7 II a beautiful smartphone. The screen is designed to show colours as they appear in real life, making it perfect for watching movies or viewing pictures. And if you want to shoot your own videos or take your own photos there's an 8MP camera on the back.
All your photos and videos can be shared via the internet easily too thanks to the L7 II's 1GHz dual core processor and high speed 3G internet connection. All that power also makes it easy to download and play games, which is good as the phone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so it has access to over 1 million apps and games.
There's also some great software that LG has added to the L7 II, like Quick Memo, which lets you write on top of any screen you're viewing, just in case you need to jot down a quick message. Another handy addition is Quick Translate, which is capable of reading and translating 60 different languages. In online mode you're able to convert whole sentences to whatever language you need and even without an internet connection you can still translate single words, perfect for help with French homework.
With high-end performance and features, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is a great compact smartphone with a beautiful design. It has a high resolution 4" touchscreen that gives incredibly vibrant colours. The bright display means that it's easy to use even in direct sunlight, so you don't have to stop watching a movie, playing a game or reading a book just because the sun's come out.
The S3 Mini is powered by a fast 1GHz dual core processor with a massive 1GB RAM. This lets it handle any apps you want from the Google Play™ Store - and there are over 1 million of them - stream HD video content and multitask effortlessly. There's also super-fast HSPA 3G mobile internet technology. This means your mobile internet connection is faster and more reliable, letting you play online games with friends or update Instagram more easily.
You'll also get cool features taken from Samsung's flagship phones. Smart Stay recognises when you're looking at your S3 Mini, stopping the screen from turning off until you look away so you can keep reading or browsing. Best Photo takes a burst of eight photos so you can choose your favourite. And Smart Alert vibrates the phone when you pick it up to let you know about new messages or missed calls.
A king of social networking, the BlackBerry® 9720 is the latest smartphone from the Canadian manufacturer. The QWERTY keyboard has been reengineered to make it faster and more comfortable to type, while the BlackBerry® OS 7.1 software makes sure your typing is accurate with advanced predictive text.
Of course the 9720 comes with BBM but it now has a radio integrated too. That means you can be listening to a radio station and share it with all your friends so you can listen together. There's also the new Multicast feature, which lets you write a message once and then share it through BBM and all your social networks at the same time.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is a fun and good-looking smartphone that packs a great camera and has access to hundreds of thousands of apps and games. It's got a big 4" screen that's so sensitive it can be used with gloves on, which makes it brilliant for playing games. The display is also high resolution so whether you're playing Angry Birds or watching YouTube it'll look sharp.
The 5MP camera on the back is perfect for snapping quick pictures of friends and will even record 720p HD video. You can easily upload your photos and videos to Facebook too, thanks to the Wi-Fi and 3G connections that let you get online wherever you are. And talking of Facebook, it's completely integrated into the phone's messaging app, so you can talk to your friends via text messages or Facebook from the same place.
Nokia has also loaded its Lumia phones with Nokia Music, which lets you stream playlists created by some of the world's best musicians for free, without subscription and without ads. It's the perfect app for sharing your favourite music with your friends.
With a smooth design made from solid materials, the Huawei Ascend Y300 is a real looker and very practical. It's a good size for one handed use, your thumb can reach every part of the 4" high resolution screen for fast typing, and it'll slot into any pocket or bag.
It has a 5MP camera on the back that takes nice, sharp shots and there's a VGA camera on the front that's perfect for taking selfies for Facebook and Instagram. The front camera can even be used for facial recognition, so your phone will only unlock when you're looking at it.
Inside the Ascend Y300 is a 1GHz dual core processor. In short, this means it's fast enough to play basic games, such as the 4 free games from EA Games that help you get in the swing. The power also means you can easily watch catch up TV services like BBC iPlayer, turning your Y300 into a Pocket Wi-Fi TV. And with the large and clear 4" display you'll have no problem seeing your games or TV shows.